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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica quiet exposures
From: "Greg J. Lorenzo" <>
Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2003 10:25:53 -0700
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Hi Ted,

Good luck with what I suspect will be an interesting but very difficult 
shoot. Don't forget to frequently take in some of the local sights and 
activities just to keep on an even keel.

In Montreal there is a Museum of Fine Arts near the Ritz Carlton Hotel 
with a spectacular art collection well worth seeing. Emanuel will be 
able to point you in the right direction.



Ted Grant wrote:

>Here's something slightly different for you folks which you may or may not
>interesting in using Leica's.
>As some of you know my associate Sandy Carter and I are shooting in several
>medical centres across North America during the next three months to produce
>a book on "Women in Medicine." To say the least this isn't a piece of cake
>shoot, but our good fortune in a couple of locations, Dr.Steve Barbour of
>and Emanuel Lowi of Montreal are making life easier for us during those
>This past week I was shooting at a Hospice Centre photographing female
>doctors and nurses in an attempt to capture their handling of patients,
>many in the last stages of living. Not the easiest of assignments but one of
>many for our book.
>Using 2 M7's, one M6, Tri-x film rated at 800 souped in XTOL 1:1. A
>variation of lenses 15, 21, 35, Noctilux & 90mm Summicron, it was a
>challenging shoot.
>I'm sure you can imagine it was a highly emotional situation to shoot,
>certainly when one is an emotional jerk like I am. It was here the quiet of
>the Leica M7 shutter was obvious in the space of a small room..  Actually
>under these conditions it was quite easy appreciating the difference between
>the soft click of the M7 and the solid sound M6 shutter's that isn't
>noticeable on the street. Not that the M6 is loud, but more so than the M7.
>Here people are waiting out the time for their last heart beat, suddenly to
>find a photographer in their quiet space, those that could. Trust me, this
>is bigtime Leica quiet time, it sure wasn't the location for motor driven
>cameras of any make. The first day was a real challenge attempting to be
>invisible and as Leica quiet as possible.
>I had two concerns; one, not to disturb the patients in any way and to
>capture the most meaningful pictures I could of the doctors and nurses, not
>an easy task. I shot a ton of film, all kinds of situations, unfortunately
>at the end of a very long day it felt like I'd made thousands of exposures,
>but not one meaningful photograph. :-(  12 hours continuous on the prowl
>will do that to you.
>I felt there wasn't one frame I was so excited about that the only thing I
>wanted to do, regardless of how tired I was, to soup film as quickly as
>possible to see the one magical frame burning a hole in my gut to see. Some
>days are like that.
>So here we are 5 days later, a pile of film to soup, contact, edit and print
>over the next few days before we move onto Montreal, Phoenix, New York,
>Boston, San Francisco and back here by the end of March, hopefully with 99%
>of the photography completed. It's called shoot hard, carefully and only
>exposures that motivate. Light, eyes, action is the name of the game for
>both of us. And no flash! Only the motivating light we see on the subjects.
>So with M7's and M6's, a mix of lenses and lots of film, Sandy and I are off
>and running for the next few months about the country side. ;-) Obviously
>we'll not likely be on the screen too often between now and the end of
>March, but we'll keep in touch.
>Ted Grant Photography Limited
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